(Front row, standing, fifth from left) Bryan,
Athena, Amelia, Xiang Lin and Gabrielle Ann posing with the star performers who
are trained in Shaolin kung fu.
IN conjunction with Teachers Day last
month, The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education programme (Star-NiE) ran a mini
contest inviting students to convince the organisers why their favourite
teachers deserved a holiday in Resorts World Genting.
The students submitted their entries in
earnest, least expecting to earn anything in return. But lo and behold, the
contest sponsor, Resorts World Genting, decided that it was an apt moment to
treat the students too as the highland resort held their own International
Children’s Day festivities from May 27 to June 11.
The brainchild of Resort World
Genting’s communications and public relations vice-president Katherine Chew,
she hoped that the students would go back to school with valuable experiences.
And they most certainly did! The
students who submitted the top five entries from the Primary and Secondary
school categories were invited to join the festivities up in the cool highlands
on an all expenses-paid two-day, one-night trip.
Jumping at the chance to enjoy the
holiday were five contest participants: Gabrielle Ann Jeremiah, 15, Bryan Wan
Jia Jie, 13, Athena Siow, 12, See Xiang Lin, 11 and Amelia Siow, 10. The other
students who were not able to make the trip will receive an indoor theme park
ticket each when it reopens later this year.
(From left) Athena, Amelia, Gabrielle
Ann, Xiang Lin and Bryan enjoying the Awana SkyWay cable car ride that offered
them a birds eye view of the forest at Genting Highlands.
Upon arrival at the rainforest-themed
reception area of First World Hotel, the festivities quickly caught on as
pretty ballerinas were seen flitting around in colourful dance skirts and tutus.
“Paradise: Forest Fairies Ballet Dance” saw young performers whirl and twirl as
they entertained visitors in a land of make-believe.
The resort-wide festival carried the
tagline “art, dance and music” and it was a feast for the senses as the
students soaked up the carnival atmosphere.
After checking in to First World Hotel,
a Guinness World Records holder as the world’s largest hotel with a record of
7,351 rooms, students took photographs with favourite characters from
“Storyland: Cosplay Meet & Greet” at the Open Car Park of Genting Grand.
Among some of the characters were Belle
and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Naruto, Sailor Moon, Snow White
and the Joker.
After soaking up the festive sights and
sounds, students moved on to an exciting and mouth-watering activity –
pizza-making! This culinary experience was carried out at Motorino, a
world-famous pizza franchise.
Motorino, hailed by New York Times
food writers as the best authentic Neopolitan Italian pizza restaurant in New
York, has multiple outlets in New York, two in Hong Kong, two in Manila and one
in Singapore. The Motorino outlet at Resorts World Genting is Malaysia’s first
and was opened in December 2016. It is owned by Resorts World Genting.
Chefs can be seen through gold-bordered
Italian windows as they knead dough on white marble countertops. Restaurant
guests whet their appetities as they see chefs preparing pizzas in the open
The restaurant, located at SkyAvenue,
takes on the look and feel of an old refurbished space and keeps to the design
of American outlets in the 1920s.
Eye-catching features of the restaurant
include two large pizza ovens shipped in from Naples in Italy. These ovens with
low dome and narrow mouth cook pizzas in 60 to 90 seconds.
Supervised by the resort’s SkyAvenue
F&B executive chef Andrea Zorcolo, students were shown how to handle the
dough for the pizza base. After shaping the base, they had the freedom of
choosing their own toppings to create their very own pizzas.
The students were assisted by sous chef
Mohd Syahriman Zulkifli and demi chef Mohd Mokhzani Safie.
Zorcolo was impressed at how fast the
students picked up the pizza-making skills.
“Brava! They’re good! Impressive – look
at what they did!” he said.
He was especially impressed with the
youngest participant, Amelia, who was able to shape the pizza base on the first
try. “She’s a genius!” Zorcolo said as he gave her the nickname Mini Chef.
Nicknamed Mini Chef,
Amelia tries to insert her pizza into the oven assisted by sous chef Mohd
Gabrielle Ann thoroughly enjoyed the
pizza-making experience at Motorino. “Pizza making was my favourite part of the
“I simply love the smell of a fresh
oven-baked pizza. Even the raw ingredients at Motorino smelled so crisp and
good. Also, I love pizzas.”
The students feted on their own large
pizzas. Complemented with Motorino’s chicken wings and meatballs, they could
eat to their heart’s content. It was indeed an authentic Italian gastronomic
Later that night, an action-packed
theatrical event, called the Soul of Shaolin, was in store for them. The
play was the first original Asian production to appear on Broadway.
The critically acclaimed show earned a
nomination at the 63rd Tony Awards in 2009. It has also held more than 500
performances worldwide in countries like the United States, Australia, Italy,
Norway, India, Korea, Turkey, Macau, Hong Kong and Turkey.
The Soul of Shaolin story begins
with a woman who was forced to abandon her son when she finds herself pursued
by a group of bandits. The woman hides her child before jumping off a cliff in
her effort to evade capture.
The child is later found by Na Luo, a
Shaolin kung fu monk. Years go by, and the child, named Hui Guang, grows strong
and healthy. He is raised and taught by Na Luo and also Miao Xing, the abbot of
the Shaolin temple.
The play progresses with a riveting
storyline and an impressive display of Shaolin kung fu.
“They’re so synchronised!” marvelled
Amelia as the performance showcased impressive martial arts stunts.
Bryan was impressed to see the kung fu
performance live. “My favourite part of the show was the last scene when the
main character had to fight his way out of the monastery.” Given the chance
Bryan said: “I would watch it again.”
Gabrielle Ann also found the show
interesting because it not only exhibited remarkable kung fu moves but also had
a storyline that brought forth many feelings. “It wasn’t just action, but also
about a mother-son relationship. It was a good watch.”
The day ended with much excitement as
the students had an exclusive photo session with the cast of the Soul of
Kung fu enthusiasts would be happy to
know that this magnificent martial art show is currently on-going and will end
on June 26.
The next day, students had a hands-on
ice cream-making class. The lesson was lead by First World Hotel F&B
department outlet chef Mohd Rodzee Ramli.
He explained that Resorts World Genting
is the only resort with an in-house gelato brand. Those who enjoy this silky
and scrumptious dessert can enjoy it without the guilt as its fat content is
The taste and smooth texture are a
result of its quality ingredients, which are imported from Italy. The
presentation, texture and taste too originate from Venice, Italy.
There is much focus on the nutrient
aspect, hence the product has no added colours, preservatives and additives.
The students had a ball creating their
very own ice-cream designs. They even got around to naming some of them. It was
a morning where they had all the gelato they could eat.
After the hands-on session, students
got to experience the new cable car system, Awana SkyWay. They rode a
glass-floored gondola, which afforded them spectacular views as they took a
leisurely ride over the forest greenery.
Bryan said that this was the highlight
of the trip for him as it was his first ride on board a cable car. “I had
wanted to take a cable car in Singapore but it was too expensive. Now I finally
get to experience riding a cable car. The view from the gondola is fantastic.”
Xiang Lin too shared that she had never
been on a cable car ride. She loved everything about the trip.
“It’s great because I got to learn how
to make ice-cream and pizza. I also made new friends along the way,” she said.
For Athena, the best thing about the
trip was the weather in Genting. “I really like the fact that it is not hot in
She also added that the activities were
special. “We not only got to eat delicious food, but we also got to make them
ourselves. I had a lot of fun.”
Chew was pleased that the students
enjoyed their stay. “With the lessons in making pizza and ice-cream, we hope
that it has inspired them and given them ideas of what they can do at home.”
Chew also hoped that the themes in Soul
of Shaolin gave students insight on kindness, perseverance and courage. “I
hope the storyline about the love between mother and child brings them closer
to their families. I also hope it inspires them to be better people who
contribute to the community.”
“We want them to know that there is so
much more that they can do up in Resorts World Genting. Basically, we want
students to experience things that they normally wouldn’t. I truly hope that
they have happy and lasting memories of their time here.”
As for the students’ teachers who will
be enjoying their trip to Resorts World Genting later this year, Chew said that
they can look forward to a relaxing holiday. “There will be a spa treat coupled
with shopping and dining experiences. Teachers work very hard to teach, so it
will be a time for the lucky teachers to unwind.”
The teachers will be enjoying an
all-expenses-paid two-day, one-night trip sponsored by Resorts World Genting.
This holiday is slated for November 2017.
Source from : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2017/06/18/for-the-love-of-our-children/
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